Who would you be without your memory?

Four grown siblings who can't stand to be in the same room. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's. And a family secret in danger of being lost forever.

Catchlight releases from Woodhall Press in October 2020. Drop your name and email address below to get your exclusive excerpt plus regular updates.


"Brooke Adams Law’s Catchlight is a beautiful, moving novel of a family in transition, struggling with loss and disease and addiction, but also with new possibilities for redemption and renewal and love.

Law steadily draws the reader in to the complex and closely observed emotional ties that bind brothers and sisters together, as well as those that keep them separate. She asks us whether we can find joy in the midst of grief, and whether we can make art out of pain, and then she shows us how that is done."

"Bound to each other by love and guilt, a family faces a season of grief sometimes overcome by unexpected, and unwanted, insight.

In the hands of a lesser writer, Catchlight could be a soapy collection of trauma dramas; but Law’s own empathy is so acute that these characters spring to life in a book that is part love story and entirely all-engaging read.

At the end, you will know these people … and know yourself."

"Catchlight, Brooke Adams Law’s debut novel, is witty and wise. It’s a brave book, unflinching in its portrayal of a family beset by devastating troubles: alcoholism, divorce, long-held secrets, and dementia. Yet, essentially, the novel is hopeful, lightened by romance, friendship, and family loyalty.

Law’s characters are so sharply drawn, so complex and fully human, that readers will care deeply about them, every single one. Catchlight is a rich and satisfying debut from a smart, humane writer."

-Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, 2014 National Book Award Winner

-Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean (Oprah's Book Club pick)

-Hollis Seamon, author of Somebody Up There Hates You and Corporeality